The Hobbton Wildcats and the Union Spartans had a great showing at Friday’s State 1-A track and field finals held at A&T State University in Greensboro. With schools from Manteo to Murphy participating, the Wildcats finished 8th overall in the state and the Spartans finished 11th overall in the state. Both schools had winners on the podium.
Hobbton’s Josh Polk brought home his first NCHSAA individual state title in the men’s 200m dash with a time of 21.82. Polk has been ranked in the top 10 statewide for all classifications and put up an incredible time at this year’s meet. His winning time qualifies him for the High School National Meet–New Balance Outdoor Nationals to be held at A&T June 16-18.
Union’s Asia Henry finished second in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 15.48 seconds. She also placed third overall in the 300m hurdles with a time of 49.67 seconds. Union’s Montrel Williams earned 2 state medals placing third overall in the men’s 200m dash with a 22.43 time and fourth overall in the men’s 100m dash with a time of 11.18 seconds. Marcus Highsmith, also from Union, placed third overall in the men’s 300m hurdles with a time of 41.59 seconds.
Hobbton’s Raekwon Bryant finished second in the men’s 400m dash setting a school record of 50.10. Lakelyn Bass finished 4th in the women’s pole vault matching her record of eight feet. Bass was competing against 10 other women from various schools.
Hobbton’s coach Jeffrey Klaves said, “We had 26 athletes qualify for 23 events. Union had 4 athletes qualify across 7 events.”
Other from Hobbton finishing were Polk 5th in the 100m dash, Ashley Hinterleiter 5th in the 3200m, Nina Devone fifth in shot put.
Hobbton’s 4×100 relay team of Jamiroqula Faison, Omar Farrior, Steven Bell and Josh Polk finished seventh overall. Nina Devone finished eighth in the discus. Collin King finished eighth in the men’s pole vault. Lakelyn Bass finished ninth in high jump and 15th in the long jump.
The men’s 4x800m team of Victor Aguirre, Andro Molina, Sean Silcott and Abraheem Alwahishi finished ninth. Bradley Gurrola, Sabrina Fussell, Janet Thompson, Adriana Montes, Larsheia Simmons finished 11th in the 4x200m.
The women’s 4x400m team of Adriana Montes, Janet Thompson, Lakelyn Bass and Larsheia Simmons finished the 4x400m in 11th. Raekwon Bryant was 14th in the long jump.
Jamiroquia Faison was 14th in the triple jump; Janet Thompson was 15th in 300m hurdles; Jalen Robinson was 15th in shot-put, and the men’s 4x400m relay team of Victor Aguirre, Montrell Parker, Omar Farrior and Andro Molina finished 15th.
The remaining places from Union were Marcus Highsmith, who was seventh in the 110m hurdles, and Tamah Chesnutt, who was seventh in the long jump.
“The level of competition within Sampson County prepares out student-athletes for big championship meets like this. I look forward to seeing Montrel Williams and Josh Polk compete against each other next year and I am humbled at the fact that Asia Henry has taken a young Janet Thompson under her wing to help guide her in the hurdles. We are always competitors on the playing field but in track and field there is a camaraderie after the race where hand shakes, hugs and tears are shed,” said Klaves. “I am proud of all the county competitors for pushing themselves to the limit this year at the state meet. Huge congratulations to Josh Polk for bringing home the 3rd individual track title to Hobbton during my tenure here as the head Coach,” finished Klaves.
Adam Capps contributed to this article. Reach him for sports at 910-214-9585